How To Unclog a Washing Machine

It is hard to open your washing machine because it is full of water.The most common reason for this is a problem in the system.Remove the washing machine from its power source before checking for obstruction.If something got lodged in the drain pump or drain hose, it’s time to check them.

Step 1: Don’t use the power on the washing machine.

If the washer was in the middle of a load when you realized it wasn’t draining, press the “off” or “cancel” button.The washing machine needs to be unplugged from its power source.It is necessary to turn off the power while you are working on the machine.

Step 2: To get to the drain hose, pull the washing machine out of the wall.

The drain hose can be found on the back of the washing machine next to the hoses for hot and cold water.The drain hose is either black or gray, while the water hoses are either red or blue.There could be a problem with the hose.If you see one, untwist it, turn the washing machine back on, and run a spin cycle to see if the water goes away.

Step 3: Beneath the drain pipe and drain hose, place a towel or small pan.

The drain pipe leads to the washing machine.When you detach the hose, use a towel or pan to catch any water that comes out.Don’t worry about draining the excess water from the inside of the washing machine.If the cause of the problem is the drain hose, you should be able to clear it, hook it back up, and run a spin cycle.

Step 4: The washing machine has a drain hose.

If you wiggle the hose, it will come loose from the drain pipe.Use something similar to loosen the connection if the hose is stuck to the pipe.The other end of the drain hose can be found in the main drain where it empties the water.

Step 5: Try running water through the hose.

You can either squeeze the hose from one end to the other or run water through it to see if there is a problem.If the water runs through the length of the hose, it’s probably not the source of your problem.Small clothing items can get stuck in the hose.

Step 6: Remove the hose with an instrument.

If the hose is blocked, you can use a wire coat hanger or a snake to clear it.The instrument should be pushed through one end of the hose.Try to rinse the hose with water one more time.

Step 7: Restart your washing machine and replace the drain hose.

Plug the drain hose back in, push the washing machine back into place, and turn it on.If the water in the washing machine can no longer be seen through the hose, run a drain or rinse cycle.That is great if this solved your problem.The drain pump may be the problem if the machine isn’t draining.

Step 8: The washing machine needs to be unplugged from its power source.

If your washing machine has a power button, turn it off.Don’t use the power outlet if there is no electricity to the machine.

Step 9: Take the excess water and put it in a bucket.

Pull the machine out of the wall.The washing machine is where the drain hose enters.Remove the end from the bucket and drain out the water.Attach the hose to the pipe, let it fill with water, and then drain it.Wait until most of the water has been drained away.If there were clothes in the machine when it stopped working, remove them from the washer and squeeze out the excess water before setting them to the side in a laundry basket.If you want to empty as much water as possible, you need to tilt the washing machine onto its side.

Step 10: To see the pump, remove the washing machine panel.

The washing machine has a panel in it.If it is underneath the machine, tilt the washing machine to get to it.You should be able to remove the panel with your hands.You should consult the owner’s manual if you don’t know where the washing machine panel is.The washing machine’s pump indicates whether it should be recirculating water or draining water out of the drain hose.The machine won’t be able to drain away excess water if the pump gets stuck.

Step 11: The filter should be checked to make sure it is free of fibers or build up.

You should see a filter cap next to the pump.Take the cap off and look for gunk or debris in the filter.To wipe it down, rinse it off or use a damp cloth.If you don’t want to get anything on your bare fingers, wear rubber gloves.

Step 12: Make sure the impeller can move without being stuck.

The water in the washing machine is agitated by the rotating hub.Run your fingers along the inside of the impeller to see if it moves easily after the filter cap is removed.There may be a small object in the way if it doesn’t.Tweezers or pliers could be used to pull out small obstructions.You should be careful that your fingers don’t get stuck.

Step 13: To see if the problem has been solved, start a small load.

Remove the filter cap, close the washing machine panel, and plug it back in.If the machine won’t drain, try running a small load of water.If this doesn’t resolve the issue and you’ve already checked the drain hose, there is a mechanical problem that needs to be addressed.